12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Preening Female Mallard

As with most birds, female Mallards are not as colorful as the males. However the blue speculum of the female's wing can really stand out and this preening feale is showing it off quite nicely.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 01.2014
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: Bellingham, Washington, United States of America
Camera: NIKON D800
Copyright: © Ken Salzman